Fans of the popular VICE series Dark Side of the Ring will soon have another wrestling program to sink their teeth into. The Dark Side team is set to bring Tales From the Territories to their network on October 4 at 10PM Eastern. The show will be produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and their Seven Bucks Productions company. The series will focus on the early, territory-based days of pro wrestling.
Included among the executive producers for the show is former WWE creative team member Brian Gewirtz. Fans will remember Gewirtz from his days writing during the Attitude Era. Gewirtz now serves as Senior Vice President of creative development for Seven Bucks. He said, “The wrestling business is filled with nuanced relationships and there’s a phenomenal history that we know fans are going to enjoy. In many ways, the wrestling world is a family: they have great moments, tough times, and everything in-between. There’s a rich history of untold stories which we can’t wait to bring to life.”
Seven Bucks Productions president of production Hiram Garcia added, “Tales from the Territories is a project that peels back the curtain on the fascinating, complex history of an industry we admire greatly. Wrestling is embedded into Dwayne’s DNA and part of the brand ethos of our Seven Bucks Productions, so we are honored to showcase these sensational stories and to create a time capsule of this legendary industry. Being able to honor and highlight the larger-than-life personas that jumpstarted the wrestling industry, through their firsthand accounts, is immensely special, and the type of storytelling we love to do here at Seven Bucks.”
Alongside The Rock, Garcia, and Gewritz, the show will also have Evan Husney and Jason Eisener, as well as Vanessa Case, Guillermo Garcia, Catherine Whyte, Lee Hoffman and Chavo Guerrero Jr. as executive producers.
Husney and Eisener said: “We’re incredibly excited to expand the ‘Dark Side of the Ring’ series with this first-ever exploration of the hidden past of wrestling’s Wild West era, with a dream collaborator in Dwayne Johnson, who has such deep family roots in the history of the business. We can’t wait to showcase the fascinating stories of the pioneers who set the stage for wrestling’s worldwide pop culture dominance.”
Vice TV EVP and GM Morgan Hertzan added: “We’re incredibly honored that Dwayne Johnson felt that Vice TV was the right place for him to chronicle the deeply personal stories of his wrestling family and community, the spectacular craft that introduced us to the Hollywood megastar we all know and love today.”